Halifax — Nova Scotia’s Prime Minister Tim Houston said the commissioner, who led the investigation into the 2020 shootings, claimed that 22 lives in his state were rudely treating the families of the victims. I am.
Houston issued a bitter statement on Tuesday morning, hours before the investigation began, with statements from members defending their process and warning against political interference.
“We will never lose track of the reason for this hearing to find answers that will lead to change and improved public safety,” Houston said in a news release. The prime minister said he heard that his family felt “left in the dark” and expressed dissatisfaction with the structure of the investigation.
“Not only is this rude, but if all of us pause and the family isn’t confident in the process, we should ask how we can make the people,” the Prime Minister said.
Houston invites members of the Commission to meet with their families and their lawyers, listen to their concerns, and provide plans to “give them confidence” in the process. He said he sought an investigation rather than an internal review to ensure that the Nova Scotia were “honestly, comprehensively, detailed and, most importantly, designed to answer questions.” rice field.
The prime minister emphasized criticisms previously raised by lawyers representing 23 individuals and families, saying the investigation had not yet released a list of witnesses and was ambiguous about how the proceedings would unfold. Stated. “This uncertainty causes even more unnecessary trauma,” he said.
In the opening statement at the Halifax Convention Center, the three commissioners stated that the process provided many opportunities for opinion to all parties as the shootings were investigated.
Chief Commissioner Michael McDonald said the independence of his investigation was fundamental and “never tolerates any attempt by any institution or individual to tamper with our independence.”
He said the investigation investigated the facts of the case and summarized them in a long “basic document” that the parties to the investigation (including family lawyers) had the opportunity to review and comment on.
He instead investigated that if all witnesses came forward and were cross-examined by representatives of 61 participants, it would lead to “potential retrauma of hundreds of witnesses”. Said that it may have caused. Drag for 5 years.
He also said that if the facts of the document were unclear and witnesses could provide more information, the Commission would take them to an investigation, ask questions, and a lawyer representing the participants He said they could be interrogated.
McDonald’s added that while lawyers may recommend bringing witnesses forward, members will consider the Commission’s “restorative” mission in deciding whether to force witnesses to testify.
“Many witnesses who come before us expect it to be hurt or even broken. This needs to be taken into account when deciding when and how to ask the Witnesses. There is, “he said.
He said the Commission had a “huge mission” to analyze 17 rampant crime scenes and over 40,000 pages of documents.
Lean Fitch, a former Fredericton police chief, said the committee may “allow” participants’ lawyers to ask witnesses, but it is important for them to maintain control of the process themselves. Stated.
“We always listen with respect and cooperation, but we are not directed by participants or other groups. We create many opportunities for you to participate.” She said.
“The Commission needs to act for the public good, and the public interest does not necessarily mean doing what is popular,” said Kim Stanton.
Prior to the evidence being presented, a panel discussion on mental health and wellness will be held to recognize how multiple murders of April 18-19, 2020, had a painful spillover effect across Canada.